9 Local Influencers Who Are Making Waves With Their Own Homegrown Brands

To grow your brand, a few important things you need are good customer service, a great delivery partner, and awesome management skills!

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Running your own business is no easy feat

From managing inventory to good customer service, making good decisions is important if you want to see positive returns.

Another thing that is essential when running your own business is selecting the right delivery partner. A good business delivery partner can help increase customer confidence and enhance business efficiency, since you won't have to spend too much time dealing with deliveries. That way, you can focus on other aspects and tasks that you have on hand.

If you're looking for inspiration, look no further than our very own local entrepreneurs, who have made a name for themselves as business owners! The Malaysians featured in this list have not only created quite a following for themselves on social media, but have also successfully built thriving businesses as well.

Check out these business-savvy influencers with their homegrown brands:

1. Ecah Daud is a comedic influencer, which comes in handy when promoting her online business that sells spicy noodles

On both her Instagram and TikTok accounts, she loves to post entertaining, bite-sized video clips for food and dance challenges.

With her small business Cikimeeyang on Instagram, she sells spicy noodles in her own special flavour, yummm. :9 Together with her partners Zarol Zarif and Amri Aziz, they often can be found selling their noodles at food festivals such as Havoc Fest and Syiok Fest. However, if you prefer to order-in, you can always do so by sending them a WhatsApp message to place your orders, especially when those spicy noodle cravings hit. ;)

You can find out more about Ecah on Instagram.

2. Known for clinching the World's Top Outstanding Master Chef 2019 title, Dato Fazley Yaakob is an actor, singer, entrepreneur, and a chef with his own restaurant!

Dubbed as 'The Singing Master Chef', he shares his love for cooking by posting tips on his social media and short clips of his own food creations.

He is the proud owner of restaurant Suka Sucre Bistro in Sri Hartamas, which features Negeri Sembilan, Padang, and Creative Asian cuisine. His signature menu item is his own creation called Nasi Terduduk, which consists of Nasi Pandan, fried chicken, sambal kicap, and sambal terduduk. 

With the restaurant being open from 11.30am to 4.30pm daily, you can head over for lunch to enjoy Dato Fazley's own menu items for yourself and see if it is to your liking. ;)

You can find out more about Dato Fadzley on Instagram.

3. With over 559,000 followers on Instagram, it's safe to say that Myra Zainal is a trendsetter in her own right. She has founded two businesses of her own, and Tudong.s.

Even as an Instafamous star, the young entrepreneur remains dedicated to her businesses and continues to work hard to expand further. 

While is focused on comfy, pastel-coloured sweatshirts for both men and women, Tudong.s features anak tudungs, sarongs, and their first ever shawl collection. You can even get scrunchies made from premium chiffon material!

You can find out more about Myra Zainal on Instagram.

4. As a family man who loves to travel, Ammar enjoys sharing useful lifestyle and travelling tips to his followers on Instagram. He even assists his wife, Adira Salahudi, with her online business, awww.

From travelling to islands such as Perhentian, to countries such as Budapest and Bangkok, he shares the joys of travelling with Adira and his daughter.

Adira is the owner of two online businesses, known as Secret of Adira and Dearahijab. From bawal tudungs to jilbabs, they have a wide variety of head scarves with different materials to suit your fancy. 

You can find out more about Ammar Azizan on Instagram.

5. Actor, host, and content creator Muhammad Safwan bin Mohammad Nazri (better known as Safwan Nazri) has a small business selling chocolatey treats! :D

Image via @safwannazri

While he loves to mix and match his outfits and share it on social media, the 29-year-old has acted in dramas such as Kan Ku Kejar Cinta Kamu and Dua Takdir Cinta, which aired on Astro Ria and Astro Prima respectively.

Oley 2 Crunchy is Safwan's online business, where he sells chocojars! During raya, he whips up chocolate chip cookies based on his mother's kueh raya recipe, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates if you're in the mood for something sweet, mmmm.

You can find out more about Safwan Nazri on Instagram.

6. As the TV host for Astro Ria, Shalma Ainaa owns homegrown fashion brand SHALS, which has a wide collection of clothing, bags, and shoes

She also has her own YouTube channel, where she posts reaction videos, daily vlogs, and funny challenge videos. She even posts updates on SHALs as well!

Together with her sister, Shalma Izzati, they pursued their passion for fashion and entrepreneurship back in 2011.Since then, SHALS has collaborated with popular celebrities such as Neelofa. In the drama Suri Hati Mr Pilot, Neelofa was wearing Tahira by Shals, a two-piece, muslim friendly outfit. 

You can find out more about Shalma Ainaa on Instagram.

7. Mirol Sabirin is a social media influencer with close to 90,000 followers on Instagram, and is a self-proclaimed proud owner to his live fish business, Triobetta Farm

As an AIA insurance agent by day, he spends his free time uploading vlogs to his YouTube channel, where he documents his daily life, along with featuring the Betta fish that he sells via Triobetta Farm.

Also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, you can bid on your preferred Betta fish on their Facebook page every Wednesday, as they come in different colours and sizes. Based in Keramat, you can head to their physical shop to get all your fish needs, from tank maintenance to fish food.

You can find out more about Mirol Sabirin on Instagram.

8. Having gained a massive following on YouTube and TikTok, Yvonne Chua now runs her own social media business, known as KLV Media Group

Her content on YouTube and TikTok mostly consist of personal vlogging adventures, in which she shares about her travels to states such as Penang and Johor.

When she's not vlogging, the Malaysian social media personality is busy with her social media business, known as KLV Media Group. Located in Bukit Jalil, KLV Media Group offers services such as KOL and campaign management, marketing and advisory, Go-Live execution, and even content production! No doubt Yvonne's experience as an influencer herself gives her unique insight into how to make her business a successful one.

You can find out more about Yvonne on Instagram.

9. Along with having her own YouTube channel with 155,000 subscribers, Mia Chai also has a side hustle of selling lingerie

As the wife of YouTube personality Joe Chang, Mia has her own channel on the platform with her husband, called 'Chang Family'. On their YouTube channel, they entertain the masses by doing challenges, pranks, and beauty tutorials.

Mia and Baby Akiyo are the founders of ölelé, a one stop feminine online store that sells all kinds of lingerie, which include push-up lingerie, strapless lingerie, and air push lingeries.

You can find out more about Mia on Instagram.

Whether you are just starting out or trying to expand your business as a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), managing your own business involves many things

While you can choose to work on your own or employ others to join your business venture, it's easy to see that there are various aspects to consider. This includes choosing reliable delivery partners, so that your product arrives safely and on time to your customer's receiving address. 

With Lalamove's business account, specially created to aid SMEs, you can expect value-for-money, transparent and intelligent pricing systems, various vehicles capable of delivering a range of products, and more

Image via Lalamove

Having a trusted delivery partner to take care of your goods and items is essential to growing your business.

Here's how Lalamove can be beneficial for small business owners:

1. Full range of delivery vehicles
With vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, 4x4 Pickups, vans (7ft- 9ft), and lorries (10ft-17ft), you'll be able to deliver items that are big or small, supporting any type of business.

2. Able to fulfil on-demand deliveries
Be it for same-day delivery or even within the hour, you can count on Lalamove to provide instant order matching for items to be delivered right on time.

3. Value-for-money with intelligent pricing system
Your deliveries will only be charged based on the distance travelled. Plus, no long-term commitment or contract is required for SMEs, as it is on a pay-per-delivery basis.

4. Same-day deliveries for other states
For example, if you're sending items from states such as Penang and Johor all the way to Kuala Lumpur, it can be delivered within the same day! :O

5. Able to track driver's and item's location
Thanks to its reliable GPS tracking feature, you can track where your goods are at, and even tell when the item has reached your customer, yasss.

Intrigued? You can sign up for a Lalamove Business Account over at their website.

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